Beyond the Boxscore Power Rankings: Week 5

Another good week vaults the Cardinals to the top of the heap. The Rays, Orioles, and Mariners also moved up a few spots, while the White Sox had the largest drop.

Just as a reminder: some of the things that go into these rankings include runs scored and allowed, run distributions, wOBA, wRC, FIP, xFIP, DRS, UZR, etc., Base Runs, BABIP and HR/FB% adjustments, and our guts.

Rank Team Wins Losses Comments
1 Cardinals 16 11 Albert Pujols is 5th on the team on wOBA. And they're still scoring 5.3 runs per game and have the league's best offense.
2 Rangers 16 11 Beyond their power displays, the Rangers are also striking out less than any team in the majors.
3 Yankees 15 9 Any other good starter from 2005 want to join Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia in getting lots of run support in New York?
4 Rockies 17 8 Just wait until Ubaldo Jimenez gets going - the Rockies might actually pass the Phillies in the pitching department.
5 Phillies 18 8 Roy Oswalt's xFIP is at 3.53, making him the team's #5 starter so far this year. That's pretty gross.
6 Indians 18 8 The starters have been surprisingly effective; if that continues, they'll have a legit shot at the division title.
7 Brewers 13 13 Ryan Braun mashing - with assists from Rickie Weeks & Prince Fielder - and Zack Greinke is coming back.
8 Athletics 13 14 Coco Crisp has been the team's best hitter so far among qualified batters. The offense will pick up, and the A's may take off.
9 Reds 14 13 The Reds have scored the second most runs in the NL despite only a 107 wRC+ on offense.
10 Marlins 16 9 Once Josh Johnson's BABIP and HR/FB% against regress towards the mean, his ERA might actually go over 1.00.
11 Blue Jays 13 14 Jose Bautista has been great, but so has Ricky Romero despite the 2-3 record (he's 5th in the league with a 3.02 xFIP).
12 Royals 14 13 Jeff Francoeur is on pace to tie his career high in walks and set a new high in home runs. Yeah, "on pace". But still.
13 Red Sox 11 15 Carl Crawford's struggles have gotten the headlines, but Adrian Gonzalez has just as many home runs (one).
14 Braves 13 15 Jason Heyward has produced despite a low BABIP; the rest of the team, not so much.
15 Angels 15 12 When you add in Ervin Santana (3.39 FIP), can anyone in the AL stand up with the Angels' top three starters?

 

 

16 Rays 15 12 The Rays lead the league in UZR and DRS, and Evan Longoria is back to help keep it that way.
17 Giants 13 13 Aubrey Huff and Miguel Tejada aren't hitting at all, which raises the question of how long SF will put up with their "defense".
18 Tigers 12 15 Austin Jackson's BABIP has fallen over 100 points since 2010. Magglio Ordonez's too, leaving both below replacement level so far.
19 Diamondbacks 11 15 Arizona's pitchers' xFIP is about a full run better than their ERA - that's a lot of extra runs allowed.
20 Dodgers 14 14 Even with Andre Ethier's hitting streak, the Dodgers are not doing all that much offensively overall.
21 Cubs 12 14 Someone other than Matt Garza will need to start pitching well eventually, though Carlos Zambrano has been fine (despite his ERA).
22 Orioles 12 13 The offense was suffered from a low BABIP, but they also have the AL's lowest walk rate. Countering both is Robert Andino. Really.
23 Mets 11 16 Chris Young is leading the team in brWAR (all players), with a 1.88 ERA. Thanks, .155 BABIP against!
24 Mariners 13 15 The Cliff Lee trade isn't looking so bad now, with Justin Smoak putting up an OPS close to .900.
25 Padres 10 17 Tim Stauffer and Dustin Moseley are a combined 1-4 in 12 starts despite an ERA of about 2.33. Run support please.
26 Nationals 12 14 Washington's pitching staff has actually performed not that dis-similarly from Tampa Bay's so far.
27 White Sox 10 18 Adam Dunn has as many home runs as Brent Lillibridge. That is not what Chicago expected for $56 M, I think.
28 Astros 10 17 Brett Wallace has as many stolen bases as home runs (1). Plus a batting average close to .400 (and a BABIP close to .500).
29 Pirates 12 15 Reliever Chris Resop is leading the pitching staff in brWAR. It's more than wiped out by James McDonald negative brWAR, though.
30 Twins 9 17 Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Braun are tied for the majors league lead in home runs. The Twins (combined) are just ahead of them.

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